The Fact News Service
Muktsar, October 18
With paddy fetching poor rates in Uttar Pradesh, local traders and rice millers are purchasing the crop from that state to make quick money, in the process causing loss to Punjab and its farmers.
The authorities have done nothing to stop this practice. Farmers in Muktsar, Faridkot and Patiala claim to have intercepted 15 trucks carrying paddy from UP in the past few days.
Nirmal Singh, secretary, Bharti Kisan Union (Sidhupur), Muktsar district, said, “A number of traders are buying paddy from other states. However, this is illegal as paddy grown in Punjab alone can be sold at the local mandis. Also, the buyer has to pay a fee to the market committee on every purchase. This is a clearly a case of tax evasion.”